AP National Writer
POSTED: 6:17 a.m. HST, Aug 31, 2012
NEW YORK >> Whether it turns out to be a tearful farewell or simply another fun-filled evening of tennis, Friday night figures to be electric in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Pretty much like any night Andy Roddick is playing at the U.S. Open.
The man who has defined American tennis, for better and worse, over the last decade or so, announced on Thursday, his 30th birthday, that this year's U.S. Open will be his last tournament.
He's calling it quits at the scene of his biggest triumph, the 2003 U.S. Open, and at the place where his name was virtually always on the marquee, even as his days as the world's top-ranked player faded further into the rearview mirror.
Wearing a black T-shirt with a black cap pulled low over his eyes, Roddick came into his hastily called news conference, held shortly before a night session that featured No. 1 Roger Federer's straight-set victory and Venus Williams' three-set loss to No. 6 Angelique Kerber.
"I'll make this short and sweet," Roddick said. "I've decided that this is going to be my last tournament."
But there will be some time to linger, to reflect on a career that produced only the one major title but always kept people filing through the turnstiles at Flushing Meadows. They came because they knew they'd get their money's worth from a gritty, no-nonsense guy who helped the U.S. to the 2007 Davis Cup title and remains the last American man to hoist a trophy at a Grand Slam.